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    Lines At ABC Stores Unveil Weakness In NC’s ABC System

    The Coronavirus has many people rushing to grocery stores and other establishments and stocking up for what could be weeks or even months of quarantine. One of the establishments getting hit the hardest is North Carolina’s string of ABC stores. My local ABC store in Mecklenburg County often has a…
    Brenee Goforth, March 25, 2020
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    CJ’s John Trump Discusses Journalism and ABC Laws on Wilmington’s Big Talker

    Carolina Journal‘s John Trump recently went onto the morning radio show “Morning with Joe Catenacci” on Wilmington’s “Big Talker” 106.7 FM. Together, Trump and Catenacci discussed a recent one of Trump’s syndicated opinion pieces calling for folks to “let go” of the traditional newspaper and the prospects of alcohol…
    Brenee Goforth, March 17, 2020
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    Biggest Obstacle for ABC Reform? Local Governments

    The News & Observer recently published an article predicting a proposed ABC reform bill will not pick up much traction. JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief examining the largest obstacle for any ABC reform legislation: local governments. Sanders writes: Ever since 1937, North Carolina has been a “control state”…
    Brenee Goforth, February 5, 2020
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    “It’s Always Something” In The Alcohol Industry

    This week, Carolina Journal’s John Trump wrote an opinion piece on the challenges the alcohol industry frequently faces. Just this past year, Trump explains, distilleries were faced with a potential 400% tax increase. He writes: The act, S. 362, originally part of the omnibus tax bill the president signed…
    Brenee Goforth, January 10, 2020
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    Becki Gray Comments on ABC Privatization on After Spin!

    This week, an installment of NCSPIN’s “After SPIN!” featured JLF’s Becki Gray. Becki spoke with the show’s host, Tom Campbell, and president of Raleigh-based consulting firm Campaign Connections, Brad Crone, about the potential privatization of North Carolina’s alcohol sales. Gray was clearly in favor of privatization, commenting to Campbell: “I…
    Brenee Goforth, September 13, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: N.C. sells liquor through 170 independent, political boards: What could go wrong?

    On Friday, Carolina Journal’s John Trump published an opinion piece on North Carolina’s government-run liquor business. Trump explains Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, has sponsored legislation in the General Assembly that would alter the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. According to Trump: House Bill 971, which McGrady sponsored, languished in the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 19, 2019
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    Bill would make some practical fixes to laws affecting distilleries

    Reforming North Carolina’s alcohol rules isn’t just about making the big decision about moving on from government control under an unnecessarily complicated ABC control system. It’s also about modernizing here and there, making practical fixes in individual areas of law.
    Jon Sanders, March 23, 2019
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    North Carolina’s extensive alcohol regulations

    Every now and then you'll encounter an anecdote about a particular rule governing the alcohol industry here and you'll find yourself scratching your head about where it came from.
    Jon Sanders, February 1, 2019